Books | Psychology / Developmental / General
The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more. “The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —Forbes “Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardPlenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
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"This book is up there with my new all time favorites. It reminds me of “Quiet” in how important it was for me and my life. We are constantly told how we have to specialize and hyper focus on things, including careers. Things like a getting a degree in college and going into that field are just silly for most of us. The minority know who they are at 22, not the majority. If you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything yet, but at the same time know you are working towards great things, this is your book! Generalists dominate in a world of wicked games! Life is not linear."
"This bio reminds me of Malcom Gladwell's writings. Suggest that you read his books, for great life skills and new ways to look at your life. new"
"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ takeaway: treat life as a series of experiments—test and learn, test and learn. i read Range to boost my ego because i have no spike or unique talents...and it was definitely successful in making me feel better about being a generalist LOL. epstein’s research is impressive and his arguments are compelling but the book could definitely be tightened up to reach the so what’s more quickly. "